DAV reinstates local chapter 108

Friday, March 21, 2014

By Jessica Moore

Staff Writer

Tuesday evening local disabled veterans met at Shoney's in Lewisburg in hopes of reinstating the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 108.

The DAV is a national organization dedicated to helping our veterans who have been disabled due to service. The chapter plans to meet on the third Tuesday of every month. The will dine together from 5 to 6 p.m. and begin the actual meeting at 6 p.m. Veterans are encouraged to bring their spouses to the monthly meetings. The local chapter was recently closed due to low attendance.

Tuesday night's meeting, however, started off with a bang, having roughly 20 prospective members show up. Leading the very first meeting were DAV 5th District Commander Larry Williams and DAV Middle Division Commander for Tennessee Lawrence Morris. They began by explaining how the DAV can help the local veterans. They also explained that spouse involvement, along with a good location and guest speakers, are key factors in running a successful chapter. The latter half of the meeting was spent explaining the chapter's leadership roles and nominating officers. Elections for officers will be held at next month's meeting. Those officiating felt the meeting was a success.

The National DAV is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. They accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America's injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

Anyone with questions or interested in joining, should come to the meeting at Shoney's in Lewisburg on Tuesday, April 15. They will have dinner beginning at 5 p.m. and begin the meeting promptly at 6 p.m.